Edi­tor’s com­ment

EADT Suffolk - - Contents - Jayne Lindill, Edi­tor jayne.lindill@eadt.co.uk

AS I write this, I’m think­ing about a ‘do’ I’m off to this evening in Bury St Ed­munds. The Nor­folk and Suf­folk Tourism Awards 2018.

Apart from the usual un­cer­tain­ties about what to wear and where to park, I’m hugely look­ing for­ward to this event. It’s the first time in a while that Archant (the pub­lish­ers of this mag­a­zine) have been able to recog­nise the tourism in­dus­try in this way. I’ve banged on in the past about the im­por­tance of the tourism in­dus­try to our our county’s eco­nomic well­be­ing, but i don’t think it can be over es­ti­mated or, dare I say it, over hyped.

Tourism is worth nearly £2 bil­lion to Suf­folk and gen­er­ates al­most 40,000 full and part time tourism­re­lated jobs, more than 12% of all em­ploy­ment in the county. This is good news, es­pe­cially for young peo­ple mak­ing ca­reer choices. Tourism of­fers a tremen­dous va­ri­ety of op­por­tu­ni­ties in all sorts of dis­ci­plines, from hospi­tal­ity and cater­ing, to cre­ative arts, re­tail, sales and mar­ket­ing.

‘It’s the job of Suf­folk mag­a­zine to cel­e­brate and cham­pion the many facets of the county. I look for­ward to be­ing able to fea­ture some of the tourism award win­ners in fu­ture’

So, I’m very pleased that we’re able to share in the suc­cess of some of the in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses that make Suf­folk’s of­fer to vis­i­tors so vi­brant, variend and, well, dif­fer­ent. Be­cause Suf­folk re­ally does have some spe­cial qual­i­ties (but then, I’m bi­ased!). It’s the job of Suf­folk mag­a­zine to cel­e­brate and cham­pion the many facets of the county, and I look for­ward to be­ing able to fea­ture some of the tourism award win­ners in fu­ture is­sues. I can’t name them here, be­cause they’re still un­der wraps, but I con­grat­u­late them all.

My rant last month about the prob­lem of lit­ter, in all its ghastly guises, drew quite a re­sponse from some of you who, it ap­pears, agree whole­heart­edly that some­thing has to be done, and made some sug­ges­tions. Bring­ing back the stocks for those caught in the act wasn’t one of them, but there is def­i­nitely sup­port for a cam­paign to clean up our act. Any­one want to lead it? I’ll cer­tainly be at the next beach clean-up in Felixs­towe, so why not look for a sim­i­lar op­por­tu­nity in your own neigh­bour­hood?

Fi­nally, a gen­tle nudge about the EAT Suf­folk Food and Drink Awards, which take place at Wher­stead Park on April 30. The dead­line for nom­i­na­tions is fast ap­proach­ing so do go to the web­site at www.suf­folk­fada.co.uk and nom­i­nate your favourite chef, restau­rant, cafe, pro­ducer, farm shop – in fact any­one you feel needs to be re­warded for their hard work, pas­sion and flair. It’s a sim­ple process to nom­i­nate and you have un­til March 4. After that, it’s over to the judges.

Have a lovely March – spring is in the air!

Gregg Brown’s lovely photo of a host of golden daffs in Now­ton Park

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